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“Window Seat”: Erykah Badu, Projective Cultural Politics, and the Obama Era

On the afternoon of March 13, 2010, neo-soul singer Erykah Badu walked though Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, the site of John F. Kennedy’s 1963 assassination. Rarely meeting the eyes…

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Very Different Tonight: The Contagious Nightmares of Wilhelm Reich

Kim Cooper

This is a story about slippage between things that are objectively real
and things that are unknowable, about how one man’s memories
of a unique and troubled childhood….

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Counterfactual States of America: On Parallel Worlds and Longing for the Law

Fiction takes us out of this world. A given work might set fabricated characters and events within the actual existing world, thereby altering it; or it might fabricate a new…

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Hiroshima and the Nuclear Event

“The most spectacular event of the past half-century,” Thomas Schelling announced in his Nobel Lecture of 2005, “is one that did not occur. We have enjoyed sixty years without nuclear…

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Richard Wright and the Police

Richard Wright always coincides with his object. -Georges Charbonnier Toward the end of his life, after a long exile in France accompanied by intermittent harassment by American internal security agencies,…